“Sod the wine, I want to suck on the writing. This man White is an instinctive writer, bloody rare to find one who actually pulls it off, as in still gets a meaning across with concision. Sharp arbitrage of speed and risk, closest thing I can think of to Cicero’s ‘motus continuum animi.’

Probably takes a drink or two to connect like that: he literally paints his senses on the page.”

DBC Pierre (Vernon God Little, Ludmila’s Broken English, Lights Out In Wonderland ... Winner: Booker prize; Whitbread prize; Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman prize; James Joyce Award from the Literary & Historical Society of University College Dublin)





08 February 2012




Anonymous said...

I've been on the sardine diet for the last couple of years (meaning on toast for breakfast) and offending many in the process (poor sods frightened off by flavour). I of course expected you would have an eye/nose for our fishy friend and just in case the Spike Milligan sardine tale has passed you by I take you back to the early 70's and a record from Spike the name of which I can't recall " a submarine passes by some sardines and a young sardine asks 'what is that mother?' and mother responds "it's a tin full of people dear"!
Thanks for the site!

Pedro said...

The bottle of Muga wines they have in the pic would have been good with them, they still only fine their wines with egg, interesting isn't it that so many people turn their nose up at these lovely things I eat them often. I'm sure Oscar Wilde was a member of a club that met regularly in London to taste their collection of tinned sardines. Am going to open a tin for lunch now!

visserhoven said...

Thanks to Coles and Woolworths, the range of sardines and the quality available round here is miserable to bloody awful. Except for the SantaMaria ones which actually taste like fish. I get them at Doms in the Central Market. They've gone up from $1.10 to around $1.60 in two years, though, which doesn't seem to reflect the currency difference!

Jonny Hamachi said...


Welcome to the Society!!

Christian Kerr said...

Santamaria sardines: the perfect winter meal. But whatever happened to vacuum-sealed kippers in supermarkets? They are nowhere to be seen. Even the tinned ones are rare.

Dave said...

And I thought I was the only wierdo who put 500 bucks worth of seafood in my luggage before flying home from Spain. Thanks for the link!

Philip White said...

Hi Christian. Maybe since the Tommy Ruff has been told it's really the Southern Herring we should be into the haaf boats out catching our own. I didn't realise the North Sea model was awol. Maybe it's all fished out, the far haaf.

Hackney Mick said...

Ahh excellent ... was at the Outer Harbour fish market two Sundays ago, arrived very late, and there were "only" sardines still available. Actually almost looked like pilchards, if size is an indicator - these were 8-9cm nose-to-tail.

Checked out the Moro book (#1) and then the newly acquired 'Sicilian Seafood Cooking', thanks Howard, and ended up doing them whole ie ungutted, in olive oil.

So yummy, and thanks for the link.


Hackney Mick

Jill said...

I think I have been moderated out of your comments, Philip... trying once more... I've left two earlier here and on Drankster and neither of them have turned up. (I have proven that I'm NOT a robot with the Captcha bit below both times) We'll see if this gets up. BTW I was thanking you for the sardines link as I'm going through withdrawal after Barcelona... also appreciative of your comments on Lagrein on Drankster baaahahahaaa. xoJill

Philip White said...

Thanks Jill ... I've just searched the entire comments file and there's no record of me receiving anything from you ... I've not had this problem before ... KGB? Apologies!